I don’t want to blame others for my troubles. Doesn’t therapy just dwell on the past and become an endless gripe session?

Unfortunately, this is still a common misconception about psychotherapy. While past issues may indeed be addressed during your therapy, you and your therapist work together to create the course your therapy takes. Your therapist may suggest exploring certain areas, but there are many ways to approach this exploration; reliving your past does not need to be one of them. Nevertheless, understanding how your past has affected you can be very helpful in breaking free of the anxiety, fear, sadness, or guilt that often causes distress and seriously interferes with your life.